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Sunshine Coast Airport Airspace Changes Runway 13/31

16 July 2019

The Sunshine Coast Proposed Final Design and Consideration of Feedback has been released today.

The purpose of this report is to:

  • provide a summary of the Sunshine Coast Airspace and Flight Path Changes
  • present the proposed final design, and
  • describe how community feedback has been considered, and used to shape, these designs.

We are also pleased to launch a new Sunshine Coast Airport Airspace Changes Runway 13/31 project page on our dedicated engagement platform ‘Engage Airservices’. This can be accessed at https://engage.airservicesaustralia.com/.

Using the ‘Engage Airservices’ platform

During our Sunshine Coast consultation, we received community feedback that you would like an interactive platform and more resources to assist you in understanding the flight path changes. Our new Sunshine Coast engagement platform includes:

  • an interactive map for the Sunshine Coast with the proposed final flight path designs
  • Community Specific Fact Sheets
  • Runway Operations infographic poster set, and
  • FAQs.

Information on the ‘Engage Airservices’ platform can be accessed without registering, however if you would like to submit a query or complaint, or put a comment on the interactive map, you will need to register.

More information about the registration process is available at https://engage.airservicesaustralia.com/whyregister and our guide for using the ‘Engage Airservices’ platform.

Queries

If you have queries about the Sunshine Coast Proposed Final Design and Consideration of Feedback, you can submit them via ‘Engage Airservices’.

There is also a form to submit complaints related to community engagement.

Please note as consultation on this proposed flight path change is closed we are no longer accepting feedback on the proposed final design.


12 July 2019

On 5 July 2019, Airservices hosted a Stakeholder Round Table on the Sunshine Coast.

The Stakeholder Round Table was independently chaired and consisted of representatives from Sunshine Coast Council, Noosa Shire Council, Sunshine Coast Airport, Flight Path Forum Inc. and State and Federal Members of Parliament. The Aircraft Noise Ombudsman also attended in an observer capacity only.

The purpose of the Stakeholder Round Table was to enable all stakeholders to:

  • Discuss the activities completed to date in support of the Sunshine Coast Airport proposed flight path designs
  • Refresh on what we heard the community say – Summary of Feedback Parts One and Two, and community responses to these documents
  • Explore and discuss the Consideration of Feedback Report which includes the Final Design prior to public release
  • Provide opportunity for stakeholders to share and hear a range of views on the final design and report
  • Provide the opportunity for general discussion regarding flight paths and airspace change management.

Presentations made by Airservices and the Sunshine Coast Council can be accessed under the Resources tab or downloaded here:

Sunshine Coast Stakeholder Round Table Airservices Presentation

Sunshine Coast Stakeholder Round Table Sunshine Coast Council Presentation

We have received further queries from the community regarding the flight path design criteria and decision making process and we are taking this opportunity to ensure the Proposed Final Design and Consideration of Feedback report addresses these, wherever possible.

The Proposed Final Design and Consideration of Feedback report will be released next week.


28 June 2019

Following the conclusion of the six week community consultation period for the Sunshine Coast proposed airspace and flight path changes, Airservices has now analysed and considered all feedback and submissions received during the consultation period.

The community feedback is  contained in the following:

Summary of Feedback – Part 1 (Consultation Areas) Updated – we received a large number of submissions through an alternate channel in late May 2019 which have now been entered and analysed.  This means that the Summary of Feedback Part 1 released in June has now been updated.  Following recent community queries we have taken the opportunity to clarify and further explain our thematic analysis process.

Summary of Feedback – Part 2 – this document summarises the feedback received from communities from the broader Sunshine Coast area, including an analysis of the themes within this feedback.

A summary report on how we have considered the feedback provided by the Sunshine Coast communities in shaping the final flight path designs will be released in early July 2019.


21 June 2019

Airservices has received some questions following public release of the Summary of Feedback – Part One (Consultation Areas) and Airservices Targeted Environmental Impact Assessment (TEIA) Part One and Part Two.

We have prepared a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document which consolidates our responses to date.

We will continue to review additional questions and will update the FAQs accordingly.


Consultation Sessions


Drop-in Sessions

Saturday 23 March 2019
10am to 1pm
North Shore Community Centre
Wednesday 27 March 2019
5.30pm to 8pm
Coolum Civic Centre
Saturday 30 March, 2019
2pm to 4.30pm
Surfair Beach Hotel, Marcoola
Wednesday 3 April 2019
5.30pm to 8pm
Coolum Civic Centre
Monday 8 April 2019
12pm to 8pm
Cooran Memorial School of Arts
Wednesday 10 April 2019
12pm to 7pm
Pomona and District Community House
Thursday 11 April 2019
12pm to 7pm
Verrierdale Hall
Saturday 13 April 2019
11am to 3pm
Cooroy Memorial Hall

Information Kiosks

Thursday 28 March 2019
3pm to 7pm
Noosa Civic Shopping Centre
Saturday 30 March 2019
9.30am to 12.30pm
Big Top Shopping Centre, Maroochydore
Sunday 31 March 2019
10am to 12noon
Peregian Springs Shopping Centre 

Previous updates

7 June 2019

Airservices would like to extend our sincere thanks to all community members in the Sunshine Coast region who provided feedback and submissions during our consultation activities regarding the Proposed Airspace and Flight Path Designs to support the new runway at Sunshine Coast Airport (Runway 13/31).

In response to our community consultation activities, conducted between 20 March and 30 April 2019, we received a considerable amount of feedback, both from the areas where we consulted on the proposed flight path variations (‘consultation areas’), and from the broader Sunshine Coast community, where the flight path designs are consistent with the concept flight paths in the approved EIS.
As a result, we have decided to release summaries of this feedback, and our consideration of the feedback in the context of the final design development, in three (3) stages:

  1. Summary of Feedback – Part One (Consultation Areas): Summarises the feedback received from the communities in the specific areas where we consulted on proposed flight path variations, and provides an analysis of the themes within this feedback (released 7 June 2019).
  2. Summary of Feedback – Part Two: Summarises the general feedback received from communities in the broader Sunshine Coast area, including an analysis of the themes within this feedback (release date by end of June 2019).
  3. Consideration of Feedback: A summary report on how we have considered the feedback provided by the Sunshine Coast communities in shaping the final flight path designs (release date in early July 2019).

Today we have released the Summary of Feedback – Part One (Consultation Areas).

We are also providing a Timeline Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project – June 2019 that depicts key milestones and responsibilities in relation to the development of the new runway at Sunshine Coast Airport, and Airservices next steps.

Through the community submissions we received requests to release details and findings from our internal Airservices Targeted Environmental Impact Assessment (TEIA) report. Before reading the TEIA please read the TEIA fact sheet.

The TEIA is a large document. To facilitate easy access and for downloading purposes, it is available in two parts:

Part One (Report) – Airservices proposed flight paths at Sunshine Coast Airport TEIA Part One (March 2019)

Part Two (Appendices) – Airservices proposed flight paths at Sunshine Coast Airport TEIA Part Two (March 2019) 

Documents can be accessed through the links above and are also available for download through the Resources section.

Timeline 

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Downloadable image: Timeline Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project – June 2019


10 May 2019

Airservices are currently collating and analysing feedback and submissions that were received through our advertised channels. These include submissions that were made through our online portal, submissions provided at our consultation drop in sessions and submissions that were posted (with a valid postmark prior to the consultation close date).

Feedback that was sent directly to Airservices through alternate channels prior to the consultation close date of 30 April 2019 have also been accepted and will be analysed in due course.

Airservices is unable to accept any submissions made after the consultation close date of 30 April.

Due to the high number of submissions and correspondence received, we are unable to respond individually.

A Summary of Feedback will be released on Airservices website in due course.

We thank you for your engagement in this process.


1 May 2019

The Community Consultation period for the Proposed Airspace and Flight Path Changes at the Sunshine Coast Airport closed on Tuesday 30 April 2019.

Airservices will accept feedback and submissions that were mailed with a valid postmark on or before the closing date.

We would like to thank all stakeholders for their feedback.

We have received a significant number of submissions and responses, and will be consolidating them for consideration in the final design.

A Summary of Feedback will be released on Airservices website in due course.


10 April 2019

Airservices would like to update the local community on how this week’s drop-in sessions will operate on the Sunshine Coast.

These will be delivered in a ‘market-place’ style engagement with a number of stands, where you can access information and talk with representatives from Airservices, Sunshine Coast Council and Sunshine Coast Airport.

We will be inviting small groups of up to 50 through each venue at one time, which may take up to 30-40 minutes.

This will enable us to provide information and take feedback on the proposed flight path designs.

At times, there may be a waiting period and we appreciate your patience.

If you would prefer to not wait, you can access information and Fact Sheets under the resources tab below, or submit your feedback:


8 April 2019

This week, Airservices will be hosting a number of drop-in sessions in the Sunshine Coast area. The locations, dates and times are listed below.

Airservices has designed proposed airspace and flight paths to support operation of the new runway and these are modelled on the flight path design concept in the Environmental Impact Statement. These designs include variations to improve environmental impacts. Airservices is consulting on the variations to the flight paths from the approved Environmental Impact Statement.

Airservices role is to consult with communities where the flight paths differ from the flight paths in the Environmental Impact Statement, and take feedback on these variations. To support our on-site consultations, Airservices has prepared a number of Community Specific Fact Sheets, available under the Resources Tab.

More general information on the proposed airspace and flight paths designs can be found in the Updated Overview Fact Sheet.

Airservices has updated the Frequently Asked Questions and prepared a Flight Path Design Presentation for members of the community who have requested more detailed information on flight path design process.

Airservices encourages feedback to be considered as part of the final airspace design. Feedback closes on 30 April 2019.

This week, Airservices will host drop-in sessions at:

Monday 8 April 2019
12pm to 8pm
Cooran Memorial School of Arts

Wednesday 10 April 2019
12pm to 7pm
Pomona and District Community House

Thursday 11 April 2019
12pm to 7pm
Verrierdale Hall

Saturday 13 April 2019
11am to 3pm
Cooroy Memorial Hall

4 April 2019

During the consultation process, Airservices has received a number of questions relating to the flight paths from the community.  In response to this community feedback, Airservices has prepared some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s).  Airservices will update the FAQ’s as we progress consultation on the proposed airspace and flight path changes to support operation of Runway 13/31 at the Sunshine Coast Airport.

Airservices encourages feedback on the proposed flight path design to be considered as part of the final airspace design.  Feedback closes on 30 April 2019.

21 March 2019

Consultation has commenced on the proposed airspace and flight path changes to support operation of Runway 13/31 at the Sunshine Coast Airport.  In addition to supporting engagement activities conducted by the Sunshine Coast Council, Airservices will be hosting ‘drop-in” sessions in the Sunshine Coast area between 8 -13 April 2019.

A full list of engagement opportunities on the proposed airspace and flight path changes can be found under the Consultation Sessions tab.

Airservices encourages feedback on the proposed flight path design to be considered as part of the final airspace design.  Feedback closes on 30 April 2019.

20 March 2019

Airservices proposes to implement flight path and airspace changes at the Sunshine Coast Airport to support operation of the new Runway (RWY 13/31).

When will the change occur?

The new runway is planned to be operational in 2020.

Why are the changes necessary?

Construction has commenced on a new Runway (Runway 13/31) at Sunshine Coast Airport.  The new runway is aligned northwest (known as Runway 31) to southeast (known as Runway 13).  As the new runway is a different location and orientation to the current runway, airspace and flight path changes are required.

In 2014, Sunshine Coast Council consulted with the community on early design concepts, which were included in an Environmental Impact Statement approved by the State Government. To support operation of the Runway 13/31 in 2020, Airservices proposed design has been modelled on the flight path design concept in the Environmental Impact Statement.

What is going to change?

Aircraft currently track overland to the north, overflying the suburb of Marcoola and to the south overflying suburbs of Pacific Paradise and Twin Waters.  Currently suburbs adjacent to the airport and to the south of the airport can see and hear aircraft arriving and departing.

When the new runway opens, suburbs to the south of the airport will see and hear fewer aircraft arriving and departing.  Light aircraft and helicopters will still continue to operate in the vicinity of the airport and may still be seen and heard by residents.

Suburbs to the north-west of the airport and adjacent to the airport will see and hear increased numbers of aircraft arriving and departing.

Where can I get more information?

For more information on the proposed change please see the Fact Sheet – Sunshine Coast Proposed Airspace Change Runway 13-31 (March 2019) under the Resources Tab.

In addition to supporting engagement activities conducted by the Sunshine Coast Council, Airservices will be hosting ‘drop-in” sessions in the Sunshine Coast area between 8 -13 April 2019.

Monday 8 April 2019, 12pm – 8pm
Cooran Memorial School of Arts
14 King St
Cooran

Wednesday 10 April 2019, 12pm – 7pm
Pomona and District Community House
1 Memorial Ave
Pomona

Thursday 11 April 2019, 12pm – 7pm
Verrierdale Hall|
460 Verrierdale Rd
Verrierdale

Saturday 13 April 2019, 11am – 3pm
Cooroy Memorial Hall
23 Maple St
Cooroy

How can I have my say?

Airservices is seeking feedback on the proposed flight path design to be considered as part of the final airspace design.  Feedback closes on 30 April 2019.

Feedback on the proposed flight path design can be submitted to Airservices via:

  • In person at one of our consultation sessions
  • Online form at: https://feedback.emsbk.com/asa
  • Mail to: Feedback c/o Noise Complaints and Information Service, PO Box 211 Mascot NSW 1460

13 March 2019

Construction has commenced on a new runway (RWY 13/31) at Sunshine Coast Airport, which is part of the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project and scheduled to be operational in 2020.

The new runway will require changes to the surrounding airspace and the design of new departure and arrival flight paths and procedures.

Flight path designs are developed within safety, efficiency, regulatory and environmental constraints, and a range of stakeholder considerations, minimising the effect of aircraft noise on local communities, wherever practicable.

Sunshine Coast Council, Sunshine Coast Airport and Airservices are committed to open and timely communication and engagement with all stakeholders who may be affected by the changes associated with the new airspace architecture required for RWY 13/31.

From late March 2019, Sunshine Coast communities will be invited to participate in a six week engagement program on the proposed flight paths and airspace changes.

This follows previous community consultation conducted by the Sunshine Coast Airport in 2014 for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) required for the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project.

Further information will be provided once the engagement program has been finalised.

Resources